Skill Development within Project Work

Skill Development within Project Work

  • Learn to self-manage by setting and adhering to schedules, setting targets, and completing tasks independently.
  • Gain communication skills by sharing ideas, effectively recording data, and presenting results.
  • Enhance problem-solving skills by addressing and rectifying procedural problems, statistical issues, and experimental failures.
  • Improve teamwork skills through collaborating on project design, execution, and reporting.
  • Develop technical skills such as lab techniques, equipment use, and data analysis software.
  • Foster ethical understanding by following guidelines for ethical conduct during the project.
  • Understand the need for and how to utilise risk assessments to ensure safety during practical work.
  • Develop analytical skills in order to interpret and draw conclusions from the collected data.
  • Learn to be critical and reflective while discussing project findings and their implications.

Planning and Implementing an Investigative Project

  • Recognise and create an aim which clearly states what you are looking to discover or prove.
  • Formulate a hypothesis or prediction based on relevant scientific theories.
  • Design experimental methods to test this hypothesis, including control measures.
  • Produce a comprehensive plan of action to manage workload and meet deadlines.
  • Consider feasibility by checking if you have the resources and timeframe to complete the project.

Data Presentation & Analysis

  • Use appropriate methods to display data such as tables, graphs, or statistical visualisations.
  • Interpret results by analysing data trends and comparing data to predicted outcomes from a hypothesis.
  • Apply statistical analysis to validate results and establish significance.

Scientific Report for an Investigative Project

  • Include all relevant sections: title, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, and references.
  • State the aim, hypothesis, and context of the investigation in the introduction.
  • Clearly describe the methods used to collect the data in the methodology section.
  • Present the findings straightforwardly, in a logical and structured manner.
  • Conduct a discussion of the results in the context of existing theory and literature, acknowledging any limitations.
  • Draft a conclusion summarising what was learned, the significance of the findings and any recommendations for future research.
  • Acknowledge all sources within the references.

Evaluating Findings in a Scientific Manner

  • Critically examine the scientific merits and shortcomings of the investigative methods used.
  • Compare the resultant data to the initial hypothesis - justify any discrepancies.
  • Identify any confounding variables or bias that may affect the reliability of the results.
  • Suggest improvements or further studies to address these issues and advance the research.
  • Reflect on the learning attained throughout the course of the project.